When it comes to attending a dinner party, manners are the first thing you need to be the perfect guest. Manners are one part of life that we all have down pat. Well, most of us do anyway. Manners cost nothing and they can make you friends in ways other turns of phrase cannot. There are certain etiquette rules we all must abide by when we are attending the house of a friend for dinner and in this nifty little guide, we’re going to give you the low down on these rules and why you should follow each one. With these seven sensational tips on etiquette, you will be in for a repeat invitation at your next ‘do:
- You have the right to decline any invitation you like. What you do not have the right to do is change your mind at the last minute without a minimum of at least a weeks’ notice. If someone takes the time to think of you when they organise a delicious meal, then you can have the decency to be there. Unless of course, in the case of fire, flood or space asteroid. In these cases, you can be excused.
- While it may be okay for a casual meet up to arrive after the time given, the time on the invitation for a dinner party is non-negotiable. As it’s a meal, your host will have timed it to perfection and have it on the table on time so it’s only polite for you to show up to eat on time.
- You may not be required to doll up to the nines, but you should take note of any dress codes stated on the invitation given to you. Even if the dress code states casual wear, make an effort to go smartly – one step down from cocktail dresses and tuxedos.
- Drink the coffee or tea offered to you. Coffee and mints after a dinner party are standard ‘sit back and relax’ fare and after a delicious meal, it’s exactly what you need. Discuss the Coffee Guide Blog and bring the conversation round to thanking them for the meal.
- Where possible, eat your food. Serious allergies and illness aside of course. Someone has taken great care to buy, prepare and cook you dinner so it’s very rude to eat a few bites and leave the rest. Your diet doesn’t matter more than the hard work put into the meal so have a night off.
- Put the phone away! The rule should be phones in a basket at the door but there’s no need for Instagram, Twitter, Facebook or carrier pigeon photos to show your friends.
- Respect the conversation around you. As an adult, you and everyone else have the ability to hear two points of view and carry other people’s opinions in your mind without the need to argue. You are mature – for the most part – so debate but do not undermine.
Ultimately, eat, drink and enjoy yourself and be as polite as you can!